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Micro Wedding…. Sign of the times?

So, what exactly is a micro wedding?

A micro wedding is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature all of  the traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale.

Let your imagination run wild

With fewer guests comes less people to please, lower budget and more creativity with places to celebrate your marriage. You can rent out cafes, bars, parks, galleries, really anywhere you like and they are already designed beautifully so no need for elaborate decoration and furniture.

It’s easier to find a venue and then tailor your guest list to fit, instead of inviting everyone and then realising you can’t find the right space. If it’s your favourite restaurant, find out the capacity of their dining room, then cut down your guest list until there is space for everyone at the table.

Freedom with the dress code

No matter how big or small your wedding, it’s always special to get dressed up in attire specifically for the occasion. It doesn’t have to be a full on wedding dress and three piece suit affair, just something special. Your grandchildren will look back at the photos 50 years from now and say how amazing you both looked.

Document the day

No matter how small your wedding is, please, please hire a photographer. You’ll want to document this day, no matter what. But that doesn’t mean you need an eight hour package and a second shooter. A smaller guest list also means a smaller shot list, so talk to your photographer about creating a custom package for a shorter amount of time.

All the details

You don’t need a cake for 50 people, so get creative with your local bakery or favourite sweet shop instead. Your local florist, who might specialise in single arrangements instead of bouquets and floral arches, is a great resource for a smaller table.

The little touches

Write handwritten notes to every guest to place at their seat, or consider hand-painting each invitation instead of having them printed. It’s much easier to add those really special touches for 12 people than it is for 200. 

Since you’ve gone through the trouble of narrowing your guest list down so far, you’re guaranteed to have a really close connection to every guest, making the little touches all the more meaningful.

Do I need an engagement photoshoot?

I get asked this a lot, do I really need a photoshoot before my wedding?

My answer is always, yes, yes, yes. Let me explain….

An engagement photoshoot is a session that you have just before your wedding, maybe in the months leading up to the big day. They are generally an hour in length, and can be held in your favourite place, your chosen wedding venue or even your home.

Having an engagement shoot with your chosen photographer has some really big benefits.

1. It’s a great chance to meet, get to know and interact with your photographer. You get to see them at work, their style, which up until now was only visual to you through their portfolio images. Apart from being with each other on your wedding day, your photographer will be the closest person to you, so being comfortable with them is imperative. Use your engagement session as a trial run.

2. The shoot will give you the perfect chance to relax in front of a camera. Very few people are the subject of a photoshoot prior to their wedding day so this pre-wedding shoot is the perfect opportunity to get used to pretending the camera isn’t there. No more ‘feeling awkward’ in front of the camera, no more ‘I hate having my picture taken’.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice. The engagement shoot will give you the chance to master your posing. Your photographer will guide you on how to interact with each other so you don’t look awkward on camera. You can decide what you love, your favourite angles and ultimately know a little better about the images you want captured on your wedding day.

4. The images can be used for your pre-wedding stationery. Personalised save the dates, great images for your wedding website. Having professional, high-quality photographs of the two of you will come in really handy.

5. An engagement shoot gives you a chance to celebrate this short time that you are engaged. You should treat your wedding as a whole planning process culminating on one day – not just about the one day itself. Celebrate every chance and enjoy all the little wedding planning wins.

Having an engagement shoot allows you to remember this very short, but precious time together spent looking forward to your wedding day.